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Liverpool v Chelsea: Ex-EPL referee, Mark Halsey gives verdict on Reece James red card, penalty

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Former Premier League referee, Mark Halsey, has blasted Chelsea for complaining over referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to red card Reece James and award Liverpool a penalty in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

 

Halsey said that Taylor’s decision was ‘spot on’, after Thomas Tuchel’s side were reduced to 10 men in the last minutes of the first half at Anfield.

James was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line following Sadio Mane’s effort from close range.

Taylor only required a brief look at the VAR monitor before deciding to send off the young England right-back.

And Tuchel had accused the referee of being too hasty with his judgement call to dismiss James, while the club’s skipper, Cesar Azpilicueta described the decision as ‘harsh’.

However, Halsey said the decision was right as the defender made a ‘deliberate movement’ to block the ball with his arm.

“Liverpool’s penalty with the resulting red card to Chelsea defender Reece James was spot on,” Halsey told The Sun.

“Some may think Anthony Taylor’s decision was controversial but the officials were correct in their application of Law 12: Handling the Ball.

“Sadio Mane’s goal-bound effort brushed the top of James’ thigh before it struck the right arm of the England full-back.

“But there was a deliberate movement of James’ arm to push the ball away and that meant it had to be a penalty. Once the penalty was given, Taylor also had to produce a red card.

“I also believe the FA will charge Chelsea for failing to control their players in the aftermath.”

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LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal

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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.

Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.

However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.

It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.

But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.

The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.

David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title

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Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.

According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.

“I follow the league with great attention.

“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.

“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.

Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes

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Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.

Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.

With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.

Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.

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